Ayinla Omowura’s lead drummer, Adewole Onilu-Ola dies @ 97


The late Ayinla Omowura’s lead drummer, Alhaji AbdulRakman Alao Adewole, popularly called ‘Adewole Onilu-Ola’ has reportedly died on Tuesday night after a brief illness.

 The deft drummer’s death came almost a month after his 97th birthday held in Abeokuta, where he resided.

His son, Kamil Adewole confirmed the death on behalf of the family, and he explained that the patriarch breathed his last at his Keesi-Arinlese residence in the Ogun State capital, after a brief illness.

The exploits of the late drummer was interrelated with that of the late Apala maestro, Ayinla Omowura, and they dominated the music scene in the 70s and 80s, having formed a band earlier.

  Recall that it was a sunset for the band when Ayinla Omowura who was the leader of the band was killed  on May 6, 1980 during a beer parlour brawl between him and his late band manager, Fatai Baiyewunmi.

The late Adewole had made guest appearances in the two editions of the state-organised African Drum Festival under the administration of the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun.

Our correspondent gathered that the iconic drummer will be laid to rest in accordance with Islamic rites at his residence in Abeokuta later today(Wednesday) at 4pm.


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